It's fair to say that I was looking forward to my breakfast here. Both the glowing online reviews and the fact that the Hidden Gem is indeed a bit hidden built up the anticipation.
Being fair, I have to say that it wasn't actually that hard to find- it is tucked behind a school but there is good signposting.
We received a nice welcome by the staff. We made sure that we arrived early because we knew that this place was popular- and we were lucky that we did. By the time we were leaving there wasn't a single table free, from what I could see. Despite this, we never felt at all rushed and everything was carried out with excellent timing- we didn't have to wait long to order or to get our food.
I chose the full English- I've never had a full English quite like it. The bacon steak was so thick and juicy, the bread clearly tasted homemade- same as the black pudding. The quality of everything was so high and the general atmosphere was so nice that something about it reminded me of eating Christmas dinner- clearly a very positive food association!
My cappuccino was also excellent and all the little touches made such a difference. For example there was free water you could take yourself and the orange slices in it made it taste like a real treat. Or the pats of butter were served in a tiny little saucepan, it looked like something from a doll's house. The cutlery and the crockery were works of art.
I was sorely tempted by one of the amazing looking cakes but I was already so stuffed- and my breakfast had been so decadent, that I managed to just about have the willpower not to order one.
The charitable aims of the whole enterprise made the whole trip even nicer- good for you for your work, your high standards and thanks for an amazing visit.
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